Meltzer's Ginger Puremints pastilles contain real ginger root for a strong, spicy ginger bite. The high quality and purity of our ginger, which is standardized to 5% gingerols (a main compound of ginger) makes our natural Ginger mints helpful for motion sickness and nausea - 'ginger like' flavors are not as effective. Our Ginger mints can be savored slowly, chewed, or swallowed - whatever your spicy desire!
For a full gram of ginger root, the amount used in most research on motion sickness and nausea, take 3 mints 4 times per day. The mints are quite small; many people just suck on them throughout the day or take several prior to activity, such as boating or driving, and then eat them as needed.
Meltzer's Standardized Ginger Extract
Our ginger root is of the highest quality and is standardized to 5% gingerols to ensure consistent levels of active components. Meltzer's Ginger mints contain nothing artificial. And similar to our peppermint oil, Meltzer’s ginger root is not produced using propylene glycol, a controversial solvent used often in flavor or flavor oil manufacture. Also, none of our materials are irradiated, a very controversial and commonly used sterilization method that may affect the integrity of a material.
Spicy, pungent, and warming all describe the commonly used spice we know as ginger (Zingiber officinale). Ginger has a long and well-documented history of culinary and medicinal use and many of its health benefits, such as helping with nausea and motion sickness, have been substantiated in scientific research. Meltzer's Ginger mints contain standardized ginger root which contains 5% gingerols to ensure consistent levels of active components. Our ginger is supercritical extracted (made without dangerous solvents) and not irradiated - for the highest quality ginger mints we could make!
The use of ginger dates back many centuries. It was commonly used throughout Asia and Europe. Chinese herbalists traditionally use ginger to expel cold and rekindle the body's warm fires. It is also used for some types of intestinal discomfort, cough, and body aches. The most widely known use of ginger today is for nausea and motion sickness, thus giving some western insight as to why, in China and India, ginger is believed to stimulate and strengthen the stomach. Modern research on nausea and motion sickness used approximately 1 gram daily which is equivalent to about 6 servings of Meltzer's Ginger mints. Meltzer's ginger mints contain a standardized ginger extract, not just regular powdered ginger. Research has also found ginger to be a powerful antioxidant. Ginger has also been shown in research to have a regulatory role in the natural inflammatory response of the body. In India ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache.
Ginger is widely cultivated all over India, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Jamaica and Nigeria. This perennial grows in warm climates and is native to tropical or semi-tropical regions, where it flourishes in the heat, rain and humidity. Growing conditions are very important for strong root growth and high content of active principles. Ginger needs rich, well-drained, moist fertile rich in organic matter. It also needs plenty of indirect sunlight and water. It is frost sensitive, and mostly grown in the subtropics and tropics. Given proper growing conditions, the stems will reach two to four feet tall with narrow, glossy green leaves that can get up to a foot long. Some varieties grow upwards of 8 feet tall. Rhizomes may be harvested at any time, but is generally harvested in autumn months when the leaves of the plant have died down.
Pharmacologically, ginger is a very complex mixture of compounds. Ginger contains several hundred known constituents among them gingeroles, shogaols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate. It contains 1-3% volatile oils in addition to lipids, monoterpenes, and other compounds. The gingerols and shogaols are considered to be the main active principles. Regular powdered ginger that is not a standardized extract is inconsistent in the levels of active compounds it contains. Only Meltzer's Ginger mints contain a quality ginger extract standardized to 5% gingerols. Meltzer's Ginger is also supercritical extracted - the highest quality extract available. In supercritical extraction, no solvents are used and the full profile of the plant is preserved. Many regular herbal extraction processes use solvents that are considered harmful to the health, such as toluene, and care must be taken to measure any residual level left on the herb.
There are only three types of true ginsengs available today and all belong to the genus called Panax: Panax ginseng (also called Chinese or Korean ginseng), Panax notoginseng (also called tienchi or sanchi ginseng), and Panax quinquefolius (also called American ginseng).
Ginseng has been used for thousands of years and is famous for its numerous health benefits which include supporting stomach health and as a nausea remedy. Ginseng was added to our Ginger mints to support the activity of Ginger and help aid nausea and motion sickness. Throughout history ginseng has been used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to environmental stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being. It is also popular for improving physical stamina as well as concentration. Although generally thought of as an 'energy' herb, Ginseng has been used traditionally for stomach health and upset, particularly for nausea, stomach irritation, and lack of appetite.